This book examines the military lives of four formidable warrior types, covering the Samurai and the Ninja, as well as the experiences of warrior monks and ashigaru foot soldiers, less familiar to western readers
Includes bibliographical references (pages 278-279) and index
Introduction. Chronology -- Part 1. Samurai. Introduction -- Recruitment, organization and command of samurai -- Appearance and equipment of the samurai -- Daily life and training of samurai -- Belief and belonging -- The samurai on campaign -- The samurai's experience of battle -- Part 2. Ashigaru. Introduction -- Ashigaru recruitment -- Organization and command of ashigaru -- Campaign life of the ashigaru -- The ashigaru's experience of battle -- Part 3. Ninja. Japan's secret warriors -- Recruitment and training -- Ninja appearance and equipment -- The daily life of a ninja -- The ninja on campaign -- The ninja's experience of battle -- Aftermath - the ninja myth -- Part 4. Warrior Monks. Introduction -- Warrior monk recruitment and service -- Appearance and equipment of the warrior monk -- Belief and belonging -- Daily life and training of warrior monks -- The warrior monk on campaign -- The warrior monks in battle
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